Owner of sheep attack dogs must pay £1,000
A MAN has been ordered to pay a farmer £1,000 after his two dogs killed 19 sheep on farmland in Pluckley last May.
Philip Sutcliffe, 59, of Station Road, Pluckley, pleaded guilty to two charges of worrying sheep under the Protection of Livestock Act.
Ashford Magistrates Court heard on Monday that Sutcliffe’s alsatian and Jack Russell attacked sheep in a field behind his home after being let out to “roam free” on May 25 last year.
Sara Pilcher, prosecuting, told the court the farmer had spotted the Jack Russell “sniffing and mauling” several of his animals.
She added: “The alsatian followed him to his four-by-four vehicle and he managed to put the dog in the car to restrain him. He saw blood on its coat.”
Miss Pilcher said police were called to the scene and the dogs were traced back to Mr Sutcliffe through a tag on the alsatian’s collar.
Sutcliffe admitted allowing the dogs out of the house, unsupervised, between 9.30am and 12.20pm on May 25.
The court heard how 10 ewes and five lambs were killed at the scene, and a further four sheep had to be put down following the incident.
Duane Bridger, defending, said Mr Sutcliffe had handled dogs for four years and had received no complaints prior to or since the incident.
Sutcliffe was ordered to pay the farmer £1,000 in compensation for his lost sheep, as well as a £40 fine and £60 costs.